Today’s business leaders know that ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) selection and implementation can be vital to the success of their business. If you are evaluating ERP solutions, no doubt you’re aware of the many benefits such as streamlined processes, improvement of customer interaction, intelligent application of data, and tools and metrics to help grow your business.
However, not all ERP solutions are equal. It’s important not only to select the right product but also to ensure a successful implementation.
Regardless of the size of your business, implementing a new ERP system can present both challenges and opportunities.
Acumatica has published a whitepaper:
1: Address the preliminaries
Define your requirements: Why does your business need an updated ERP solution? There are a lot of good reasons: your legacy system is no longer supported, or support is due to run out, your business needs have changed, and your legacy system can’t keep up, maintenance and repairs have become too costly, etc., etc. Being clear about why you need a new ERP will help you choose the solution that works best for your business.
Select your internal team: Those employees who will use the system day in and day out must be involved from the beginning of the project and should lead the effort in selecting the system and supporting the implementation. By involving key stakeholders and power users from the beginning, you’ll avoid surprises and complaints later on.
Outline your project strategy: Look at your current processes and data and the current state of your inventory, production time, customer base, etc. and determine a general shape and scope for your ERP project.
2: Unite your team
Make sure your whole team is onboard. Schedule preliminary training early in the project to make sure everyone knows what your ERP objectives are. Impress on them that adoption is not optional.
3: Select your solution and your implementation partner
There are numerous ERP solutions on the market with a wide range of prices and functionality from which to choose. Be sure that the selection process is successful by keeping three things in mind:
• Functionality: Be sure the solution you choose has the functionality you need right now and also the adaptability and scalability to evolve and grow with your company in the future.
• Ease of use: The solution you choose must be easy to learn and intuitive to use, otherwise, your employees will balk, and the system will be a big headache for everyone.
• Support: Choose an implementation partner who you know to be reliable, knowledgeable, and compatible with your needs and company culture.
4: Implement your new system
Your ERP implementation need not be overwhelming, but it will require some effort. Here are some basic suggestions to make the job easier:
• Use standard tracking tools like MS Project to manage the project.
• Make sure the entire project and its progress are visible to your entire team.
• Provide ongoing training.
5: Maintain momentum
Your implementation project shouldn’t stop when your system goes live. Be sure your team stays up to date on new features, releases, and training. Consider advanced functionality and keep your employees educated. Over time, your employees and applications will change, and you’ll want to make sure that everyone is remaining up to speed with all that is happening with your ERP.
Implementing a new ERP doesn’t need to be disruptive; it can be a huge success and a great boon to your business. With the right support and partnership with an experienced, knowledgeable partner such as ASC Partners, an ERP implementation can be a seamless and successful experience.
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